One of the definite highlights of living in Small Town has been sea turtle releases. Small Town used to be home to a large population of two types of sea turtles, but with the growth of the human population and the oil industry, the turtle population has decreased. So, several organizations here are dedicated to the preservation of these cute creatures. They find nests of eggs and incubate them until they hatch, and then care for them until they are ready to head out to sea.
At the first one we attended, they set out a Styrofoam cooler filled with turtles. They let all the kids play with the poor little guys for an hour before they were released, in a state of shock I am sure, out into the big-bad Gulf of Mexico.
I tried to hoard as many as I could to keep them away from the toddlers and overly-excited little kids.
The turtles are released at dusk, when the chance of being eaten by a hovering seagull is at its lowest. They are released 10 Ft from the shore, and then they have to make it on their own the rest of the way.
This little guy was a straggler, but he eventually made it to the water:
This is so much fun!
***Side note: here's someone's house that we saw at the last release:
I won't be here on Friday for Freezer Food Fun. I wanted to write it tonight (Wednesday) and post from Big City Mexico where we will be apartment hunting, but @#$@#$ Blogger is really being a pill. Check out Handiemom's blog and utmommy's site for Friday recipes!